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CTA Family Strong Fundraiser

 

When people think of CTA, one of the first things that comes to mind is that it is like a small family, so when one of the “family members” was in need, CTA stepped up to the plate. The Bishop family recently received a cancer diagnosis for one of their daughters and CTA designated them the recipient of the #CTAfamilystrong treatment at a recent CTA basketball game at Grace Bible College. Not only did the CTA basketball teams put their best foot forward and win for both the boys and girls games, there were fundraising games for the kids as well as a silent auction to raise money for the Bishop family. In all, the CTA Family Strong fundraiser raised almost $6,000 for the family to put towards transportation and medical costs as they move forward with treatment. A heartfelt thank you to all involved to make this benefit such a huge success!

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CTA Calendar

 

March

11 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Popcorn Day

14 & 16 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

17 Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

21 & 23 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

25 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

27 & 30 Girls Charging head 3-4:30 p.m.

29Tryouts for Student Showcase in the auditorium 11:30-3:00 p.m.

31 CTA Student Showcase K-12 in the auditorium 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

April

1-10 Spring Break

11 & 12 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

12 NHS Meeting during FIT

14 Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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CTA works with 3D printer as part of technology program

3D Printer that was loaned to CTA.

3D Printer that was loaned to CTA.

The CTA high school physics class was loaned a 3D printer from Rick Mushing, a consultant from Kent ISD, who did a STEM presentation on future revolutionary technologies. These technologies included 3D Printing, Autonomous Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence. The high school physics class was tasked with creating a unique electronic device utilizing a 3D printer. Two projects that resulted from the assignment were a 3D printed car to go up a ramp in a unique way; another group programmed a race car game at a KCTC class, creating an interface with it using the Makey Makey software and 3D printed a steering wheel for the game.

The Digital Media: Stop Motion class had the opportunity to use the printer to create props for an animation project and the sixth grade students got to learn 3D design on TinkerCad in their science class.

The 3D projects also cover Next Generation Science Standards, which were adopted by the Michigan Department of Education in November 2015 and is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

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Hard Work leads to Sledding Party

Kindergarten and first grade students enjoy sledding as a reward for meeting their reading goals.

Kindergarten and first grade students enjoy sledding as a reward for meeting their reading goals.

The elementary students were able to enjoy some winter fun before the snow melted!

The kindergartners and first graders earned a sledding party because they have worked so hard to meet their reading goals this year. Mrs. Bialkowski, the first grade teacher, and Miss Bostic, the kindergarten teacher, wanted to celebrate their students’ successes!

What better way to celebrate in the winter than with a sledding party followed by hot cocoa and a special treat!

“It was a blast seeing the excitement from these little ones and knowing that all this happened because they had been working so hard in the classroom,” said Miss Bostic. “These kids can make any situation exciting and enjoyable, even this small sledding hill!”

Thank you to all the moms and dads of the first graders and the kindergartners who made this celebration possible! Now they are on to setting and meeting even more goals for the year with National Reading Month right around the corner!

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CTA Spelling Bee Winners

 

Runner up, Brenna Jibson (L) and winner Ericka Olson

Runner up, Brenna Jibson (L) and winner Ericka Olson

In January, 17 students in grades fourth through eighth competed in the first annual CTA Spelling Bee! For several weeks prior to the spelling bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the CTA Chargers Spelling Club led by sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Jenny Bangma and fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Kate Norman; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and the etiquette for the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

Our School Bee went five rounds strong, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. Our first CTA Spelling Bee Champion was eighth grade student, Ericka Olson; our first ever Runner-up is fifth grade student, Brenna Jibson. The winners will head to the Regional Spelling Bee competition in Kentwood, Michigan on Tues., Feb. 23, 2016. We are so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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CTA News

Annual CTA Blood Drive

The annual CTA Blood Drive will take place Thursday, March 10, from 1-6:45 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, log onto www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: CTACHARGERS) or call Jennifer August at 616-799-0559.

Come donate blood and register with Delete Blood Cancer to be a part of the bone marrow donor registry at the same time.

Chargers Earn Consolation Victory Over Academy of Environmental Science

After being defeated in the first round of the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) tournament, the Creative Technologies Academy Boy’s Basketball team answered strongly in the consolation game, defeating the host team with a final score of 65-44.

WMAES scored 8 of the first 11 points of the game. The Chargers had an answer however, with brothers Dawson (13) and Casen (6) Armstrong combining for 19 of the Chargers’ 26 first quarter points. The Chargers controlled the rest of the game, never relinquishing their double-digit lead.

Junior Brandon Beck and the aforementioned Dawson Armstrong tied for the team high with 24 points a piece.

“I felt we were ready to execute our full court press for extended minutes for the first time this season, and execute it we did,” said CTA coach Scott Bultman.

The Chargers defense with its full court press wore down WMAES, which led to multiple fast breaks in the second half.

“With the Environmental Academy defense tiring from our fast break and press, we were able to pound the ball down low in the second half to our captain Brandon Beck, who finished well around the basket,” continued Bultman.

NBA – Never Been Absent 

At CTA, we believe there is no substitute for being in the classroom with our amazing teachers; we feel it is vital for the growth of our students that they attend school as many days as possible. The NBA (Never Been Absent) Program was developed to promote school attendance at both an individual and class level.

The attendance incentive program is for those in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The first grade class had an average of 95% attendance for the month of January!  As a reward, the students received a classroom picnic lunch with Jet’s Pizza and a movie!  The first graders have earned the attendance award on two other occasions this year!

We are very proud of the fact that students continue to show up every day to work hard and learn!

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CTA Calendar

 

February

18Girl Talk (MS/HS) 3-4:00 p.m.

19 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMAES 5:30-9:00 p.m.

20 Let It Glow Valentine’s Dance Party

22 Boys & Girls Bball vs. Holland Calvary @Holland Christian 4:30 p.m.

23 Basketball Banquet 6-7:30 p.m.

26 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Popcorn Friday

March

1 NHS Meeting during FIT

3 Girl Talk (MS/HS) 3-4:00 p.m.

7th Grade & HS Choir Concert 7:00 p.m.

9-11 HS Exams

11 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WLHS 5:30-9:00 p.m.

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Girls Talk program gives back to school, younger students

7th Graders (left to right) Willow Sidlauskas, Sophyna Ross help clean and change out seasonal clothes at the Alpha Women’s Center in Cedar Springs.

7th Graders (left to right) Willow Sidlauskas, Sophyna Ross help clean and change out seasonal clothes at the Alpha Women’s Center in Cedar Springs.

Creative Technologies Academy’s Girl Talk is an after school mentoring program in which high school girls mentor middle school girls.

The group meets 2-3 times per month after school and have activities that foster discussion of topics that impact the everyday lives of these girls – all of which is coached and moderated by the middle school math teacher, Ms. Liscombe.

Some topics covered include: being a good friend, being true to yourself, “Downplay the Drama”, positive body image, and many more!

Autumn Shelagowski (11th grade), Destiny Batchelder (8th grade), Ashley Shelagowski (8th grade) work in library.

Autumn Shelagowski (11th grade), Destiny Batchelder (8th grade), Ashley Shelagowski (8th grade) work in library.

They also participate in various service projects throughout the school year to give back to the local community.

For the past two years, they have participated in service projects for the Alpha Family Center and the Cedar Springs Library. At Alpha, they have done a variety of activities including: changing out seasonal clothing, cleaning and organizing, and stuffing envelopes.

At the Library, the group has helped clean and reorganize book shelves.

Cleaning and reorganizing aren’t always the most exciting tasks for teenagers, but the girls are able to build teamwork and cooperation skills in a fun way by giving back to their own community.

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Bringing physics to life with computer coding

“Pong” game in progress, which was coded by high school students in their Physics class.

“Pong” game in progress, which was coded by high school students in their Physics class.

Many teachers at CTA, including high school teachers Ms. Davison (math) and Mr. Fredenburg (science), opted to incorporate the Hour of Code into their classes in December.

Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify computer coding and demonstrate that anybody can learn the basics of coding.

Using a program called “Scratch,” seniors Josh Davidson and Keegan Shears designed a pong game and used the Makey Makey hardware to design a controller to play the game in their physics class.

Seniors Keegan Shears (L) and Josh Davidson (R) with their Pong game controller made out of a yard stick and circuits.

Seniors Keegan Shears (L) and Josh Davidson (R) with their Pong game controller made out of a yard stick and circuits.

They tied it into the Circuits and Electronics unit they were studying and where they learned how to interface the game using various circuits and electronics with a wooden yardstick as the base. The project follows the newly adopted next generation science standards in engineering design. Davidson and Shears currently have a working model and have additional phases planned to test and review their prototype to make improvements and redesigns.

Other student projects included a Dance Dance Revolution-type game, Firefly Sparts and a working model airplane. Each project presented its own unique challenges for the students to work through.

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. This provided students with the opportunity to learn computer science, nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity to build a foundation for success in any 21st century career path.

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Coin Wars for Toys for Tots

8th grade students Zoe Lehman, Cameron Almy and Luke Hubbard with one of the filled coin war tubs.

8th grade students Zoe Lehman, Cameron Almy and Luke Hubbard with one of the filled coin war tubs.

CTA elementary and middle school have participated in a coin drive competition for charity for the past four years. Each year they like to mix things up to boost energy towards giving and this year was no different and the high school building joined in to make it a whole-school event. The hallways at CTA during the first two weeks of December were LOUD and JOYOUS! Lots of “We bombed you!” and “Not again!” phrases were heard from teachers and students alike. The entire school community seemed to get into the fun of the event. At the end of the two week period, all coins were counted and the winners of this year’s coin drive were the 8th graders with a grand total of positive $43.49! The class with the lowest amount of “positive” funds were the Kindergarteners with a WHOOPING GRAND TOTAL of negative $58.33. For the Coin War, pennies count as “positive” and silver coins and dollars counted as “negative” to come up each class total. For instance, if a class had 100 pennies and a dollar bill in their class tote, it was a wash and made their total zero, but they still had $2.00 to contribute.

During the coin drive week, CTA also held a Toys for Tots campaign and it was decided that the funds raised through the Coin Wars would be donated to Toys for Tots. Not only did students bring in money for the coin drive competition, they also brought in new toys to be delivered to children for Christmas! When all totals were tabulated, CTA raised almost $700 for the Toys for Tots campaign!

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